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Real Estate Trends Archive


Realogy Reports Results for Full Year 2010 – Real Estate Leader Posts Net Revenue of $4.1 Billion

RISMEDIA, March 8, 2011—Realogy Corporation, a global leader in real estate and relocation services, reported results for the full year ended December 31, 2010. Realogy’s net revenue for the year was $4.1 billion, an increase of 4% compared to 2009. The growth is attributed to an increase in the average ...


Content is King – Information Provides Value When Reaching Out to Your Sphere of Influence

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—Ever since I began my career in real estate, I was told that creating high touches with my database or my sphere of influence was one of the most valuable things I could do to build a ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Constantly Mobile Consumer

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2011—When Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance to unveil the iPad 2, he made note of the fact that in only nine months during 2010 Apple sold nearly 15 million iPads, which generated close to $10 billion in revenue for the company. According to Jobs, “2010 was ...


RISMedia’s Facebook Page Surpasses 4,000 Friends & Fans

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2011—As social media entrenches itself across the real estate landscape, RISMedia's official Facebook page has become a vibrant online community with more than 4,000 fans and a solid base of approximately 3,000 active monthly users. Are you getting the latest RISMedia FB updates? ...


Competing with Distressed Properties a Major Challenge in Metro Chicago Real Estate Market, RE/MAX Reports

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2011—Foreclosures and short sales, collectively known as distressed properties, have accounted for anywhere from 35-48% of home sales in the metropolitan Chicago real estate market over the last year, according to RE/MAX. As a result, distressed homes ...


New Wave of Real Estate Agents See Industry as Way to Take Control of Their Career

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2011—(MCT)—Jerome Ryan was a senior architect who designed high-rise condos. Beth Reilly has worked for a big Fortune 500 company. Gary Judson is a former marketing manager who's getting his master's in elementary education. Now they're selling houses. ...


Simple Tips to Differentiate Yourself in Today’s Real Estate Industry

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2011—This firmly held consumer belief is possibly the greatest challenge we face in this business. We are all the same. How unfair! We are all unique human beings, with unique hopes, dreams, skills and talents. REALTORS® are ...


Understanding the Wants and Needs of Your Consumers

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2011—As we continue to make our way through today’s volatile market, now’s the time to start focusing on your skills and what you’re doing to find business, win the sale and close the deal. Here, Brian Wildermuth, president & co-founder of SharperAgent discusses how the proper selling ...


8 Areas to Pay Attention to When Updating Your Kitchen

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2011—(MCT)—What's cooking in kitchens? Simpler styling, hidden appliances and a bit of color to make life interesting, to name just a few things. If you’re getting ready to update your kitchen, you may want to pay attention to the following trends that are popular in kitchen showrooms ...


February Housing Scorecard Shows Increase in Existing Home Sales as Home Affordability Remains High

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the February 2011 edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard. The latest housing figures show increased existing home sales as ...


Mortgage Deduction under Renewed Scrutiny

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—(MCT)—There's a hallowed rule in U.S. housing policy: If you own a home, you get a tax deduction on your mortgage interest. But there's also a growing push to sacrifice this sacred cow, and the reasons are disparate. Some people argue that the policy should be changed ...


Short Sales and Mortgage Insurance

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—In my previous two articles, I discussed the role of mortgage insurers (MIs) in relation to short sales and answered some of the key questions my company, Radian Guaranty, receives about this type of sale. ...


HUD Awards Nearly $8 Million for Asthma Intervention and to Protect Children from Health Hazards

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $7.8 million in grants to 14 local projects in nine states to conduct a wide range of activities such as research on the cost effectiveness of home-based interventions for children with asthma and novel strategies for reducing ...


Credit Quality a Mixed Bag: 3 Tips for Securing Rental Tenants

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011—Everyone knows that The Great Recession has taken its toll on the housing market. Foreclosures have been at historical highs and we have all heard the personal and devastating stories of displaced homeowners. But there is a ...


Was Bailout Not as Costly as Previously Estimated?

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011—(MCT)—Almost three years after a series of government bailouts began, what many feared would be a deep black hole for taxpayer money isn't looking nearly so dark. The brighter picture is highlighted by the outlook for the bailouts' centerpiece—the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. "It's turning ...


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